TWU professor wins national book prize for history of women, race and labor

Putting Their Hands on Race book cover featuring an illustration of hands and tools

Nov. 2, 2020 — DENTON Texas Woman’s University associate professor of Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Ph.D., is the recipient of a 2020 National Women's Studies Association's (NWSA) Sara A. Whaley Book Prize. This year, the NWSA committee selected only two winners out of a nation-wide pool of applicants.

Phillips-Cunningham’s book, Putting Their Hands on Race: Irish Immigrant and Southern Black Domestic Workers (Rutgers University Press, 2020), is a comparative racial history of Irish immigrant and southern Black women who labored as domestic workers in northeastern U.S. cities during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

The Sara A. Whaley Book Prize is awarded for groundbreaking scholarship in women's studies that makes significant feminist contributions to the topic of women and labor.

Phillips-Cunningham and her book will be formally recognized at the NWSA Awards Toast, which will be held virtually Nov. 12.

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